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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

Beginning tomorrow, I am participating in a "Random Acts of Kindness" 10-day challenge -- an idea that was inspired by another blog.

With the holidays coming up, I think this would be a great idea to adopt some of these ideas to help those around you (and yourself)!
  1. Befriend someone that needs a friend and take the time listen to them.
  2. Tell someone you love them.
  3. Let someone know that you recognize their good work.
  4. Volunteer for a worthy cause.
  5. Phone or write to an old friend or family member.
  6. Say "hello" to other people first today.
  7. Buy your partner/friend/family member a gift for no reason at all, and snail mail it to them. 
  8. Bake some treats for your co-workers/family/friends. 
  9. Send a note of thanks to a past mentor.
  10. Do something kind for another, anonymously. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

What I Have Been Up To... [Instagram Photos]

What have we been up to lately? Well...the last couple months we went to San Francisco, celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and have spent time going on little date nights and tending to our home.

We have now been in the same apartment for over a year; married for over a year; and have had our pup for over a year. I think it's safe to say we feel settled and content these days. :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{Bottega Louie}

Macaroon Tower @ Bottega Louie
This past weekend I attended a meetup brunch at Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles. I had been meaning to try Bottega Louie for a while. It is one of the most reviewed places on Yelp in the LA area and I had heard so many good things about it.

The decor inside the restaurant is so charming  ---  I cannot resist a restaurant that is this pretty, elegant and full of natural light. 

Light Blue with Gold Flecks -- Earl Grey Macaroons

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Glamorous Armenian Wedding

first dance

This last weekend was one of my dear friend's wedding - someone I have known since college. This was such a lavish and glamorous wedding. If you have ever been to an Armenian wedding, you know that they know how to party and that there is more food than you could ever eat!

church before the ceremony
walking down the aisle

I don't see how this cake could have been any bigger, and as you can see there was SOOO much food that it couldn't all fit on the table!

me at the guestbook table
my friend Shana
groom and bride

party time!
amazing full moon that evening

Monday, October 1, 2012

Old Town Pasadena - A Romantic City for our First Anniversary

me in Pasadena
Yesterday was my one year wedding anniversary, and it was the most perfect day that I could have imagined for myself.

red roses
Rickard and I started our morning pretty normally, by getting some donuts from across the street. While out, he said he wanted to go to this flower shop to get me some "surprise" roses. So sweet!

Later in the evening, we headed over to Old Town Pasadena. 

I've mentioned it before, but Pasadena is really special to me because that is where we had our wedding reception. It is a romantic, charming city that does not look like any other city in Los Angeles. We spent the evening checking out some of the great shopping before heading over to dinner at Cafe Santorini.

handsome husband
outside the restaurant
The food at Cafe Santorini was PHENOMENAL and the service was so great too. We sat at their outside patio deck, with Christmas lights twinkling on the ceiling. We felt like we were transported back to Europe. It was lovely. 

red curry risotto with shrimp and clams
chicken kebob

wedding cake!!!
The sweetest part was saved till the end -- wedding cake! Now, technically we didn't freeze our wedding cake as is tradition for the first anniversary, but we did get the EXACT same cake from the same bakery where we bought our wedding cake. They made these cute little cupcake sized cakes for us. This is my FAVORITE -- vanilla cake with raspberry bavarian creme. It is SO light and fluffy.

Our server came out with the cake with candles. We blew out the candles and made our wishes. :)

A wonderful evening, with the most thoughtful husband.